EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

04.19.10

The SEC is Going After Microsoft (Again), Not Just Goldman Sachs

Posted in Finance, Fraud, Microsoft, Search, Steve Ballmer at 6:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

US Securities and Exchange Commission Seal

Summary: The SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) contacts Steve Ballmer regarding oddities in Microsoft’s latest financial report

WE WISH to begin with factual background that a lot of people are unaware of. A few months ago, right around the time that Microsoft's CFO quit he was also paid millions of dollars by Microsoft to keep his mouth shut. This is not a standard transaction. This could indicate malpractice and there is reason for prejudice because the SEC previously caught and investigated Microsoft for financial fraud (Microsoft eventually settled), after a Microsoft employee, Charles Pancerzewski, had blown the whistle and presented to the judge convincing evidence of fraud taking place at Microsoft. Microsoft paid Pancerzewski millions of dollars to shut him up and eliminate his evidence [1, 2]. It’s a typical maneuver from Microsoft, which also hires/pays critics to walk away and not share their knowledge with the public. We gave several examples of this before.

A few days ago we wrote about Microsoft’s close relationship with US banks/the Fed, which are aflood with misconduct these days. They contact Microsoft for help brainwashing the public [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9], as we noted some days ago when we wrote about the SEC suing Goldman Sachs for fraud. For those who have not read that previous post, Microsoft’s CEO was asked to create a seasonly game to teach the public about deficit crunching (Microsoft too has debt) and as this new article shows, using games to brainwash minds is not out of the ordinary (war games are the most famous example).

PepsiCo International and Microsoft have teamed up to create an integrated digital advergaming campaign to take advantage of what’s expected to be increasing interest in soccer as the World Cup gets underway.

But anyway, here is the interesting development. Pogson has found this document [PDF] buried inside the SEC’s Web site. Since it is available as a PDF, we decided to append it at the bottom as plain text. Microsoft’s response is an HTML-formatted mail and here is what Pogson makes of it:

Then, in the last quarterly report, M$ combined that other OS and “live” segments. I guess they thought a zigzag in the curve would hide something like the inflection in the client OS stuff. Further, internally, they use a different set of books, omitting some important details. So, investors should be comforted knowing that internal decisions are made on false assumptions. We have known for years that including the browser in the OS was done not for good business reasons but to exclude competition from the market. I guess that other search engine is more of the same.

There is actually more to it because Microsoft is ‘embellishing’ its numbers by deferring revenue, for example [1, 2, 3, 4]. One writer asks about Microsoft: “Are we seeing a revival?” Well, only if Microsoft’s lies are being believed because in the previous quarter just about any business unit at Microsoft was down. Yes, it was mostly down, but Microsoft claims a surge.

Let me be clear. I’m not a fan of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). I dislike its products and I don’t much like its business policies. I’m a child of the open source world and a fan of cloud computing, and Microsoft has long been a dirty word as far as I’m concerned. It’s probably a dirty word as far as many investors are concerned.

Wallstcheatsheet.com, which is another news site, has just published the article “Proof Microsoft has Become Irrelevant” and it says:

If this keeps up [for Bing] , Microsoft may want to rename it ‘Ding’ because that’s how big an impact they’ve had in the search space.

For the moment, Kin and Bing are not making huge waves.

We wrote about it in the previous post. Bing as a “success” is part of an illusion Microsoft is spreading and Kin is a major disappointment which we’ll address in the next post. There is more to Microsoft’s financial reports than meets the eye. Don’t believe what you see next week when Microsoft releases another report and immediately spins it as “success”. Microsoft is not honest about its financial situation.



Mail Stop 4561
                                                             December 11, 2009
Mr. Steven A. Ballmer
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way,
Redmond, Washington 98052-6399

        Re:    Microsoft Corporation
               Form 10-K for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2009
               Filed July 30, 2009
               01-14278

Dear Mr. Ballmer:
        We have reviewed the above-referenced filing and have the following comments.
Please be as detailed as necessary in your explanation. After reviewing this information,
we may raise additional comments.

        Please understand that the purpose of our review process is to assist you in your
compliance with the applicable disclosure requirements and to enhance the overall
disclosure in your filing. We look forward to working with you in these respects. We
welcome any questions you may have about our comments or any other aspect of our
review. Feel free to call us at the telephone numbers listed at the end of this letter.
Form 10-K for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2009
Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of
Operations

Segment Product Revenue/Operating Income (Loss)
Online Services Business, page 25

1.      We note that the operating loss for your Online Services Business increased by
        102% and 84% in 2008 and 2009, respectively, and is a significant portion of your


Mr. Steven Ballmer Microsoft Corporation December 11, 2009 Page 2 consolidated operating income in 2009. Tell us whether these increasing losses are indicative of future results and the consideration given to identifying and quantifying any related known trends, events and uncertainties that would reasonably be expected to have a material impact on your liquidity, capital resources and/or results of operations. Refer to Item 303(A) (3) (ii) of Regulation S-K and Section III.B.3 of SEC Release 34-48960. Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data Note 22. Segment Information and Geographic Data, page 77 2. Tell us what consideration you gave to reporting revenue from external customers for each of your products and services or each group of similar product and services in accordance with paragraph 37 of SFAS 131. 3. You indicate that your financial reporting systems provide more than one measure of segment profit and loss for management to operate the business, including internal profit and loss statements prepared on a basis not consistent with U.S. GAAP. Tell us what consideration you gave to reporting the segment information that is most consistent with that used in your consolidated financial statements. In this regard, we note that the segment information provided beginning on page 23 is presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Refer to paragraph 30 of SFAS 131. 4. We note your statement that segments are not designed to measure operating income or loss directly related to the products included in each segment, due to your integrated business structure. Further explain this assertion and tell us what operating costs are excluded from each segment. In light of this apparent limitation of the data, indicate how the segment information presented is reliable and relevant to users of your financial statements. 5. You state that “inter-segment cost commissions are estimated by management and used to compensate or charge each segment for such shared costs and to incent shared efforts.” Clarify for us what is meant by these estimated inter-segment cost commissions and tell us what consideration you gave to describing in the note the basis of measuring this allocation. Also, clarify what is meant by allocating cost commission “to incent shared efforts.” Explain your basis for determining the appropriate amounts that will provide motivation and justify why management believes the allocation methodology is reasonable. Refer to paragraphs 25(b) and 29 of SFAS 131. ******* Please respond to these comments within 10 business days or tell us when you will provide us with a response. Please submit all correspondence and supplemental
Mr. Steven Ballmer Microsoft Corporation December 11, 2009 Page 3 materials on EDGAR as required by Rule 101 of Regulation S-T. If you amend your filing, you may wish to provide us with marked copies of any amendment to expedite our review. Please furnish a cover letter that keys your response to our comments and provides any requested information. Detailed cover letters greatly facilitate our review. Please understand that we may have additional comments after reviewing any amendment and your response to our comments. We urge all persons who are responsible for the accuracy and adequacy of the disclosure in the filing to be certain that the filing includes all information required under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and that they have provided all information investors require for an informed investment decision. Since the company and its management are in possession of all facts relating to a company’s disclosure, they are responsible for the accuracy and adequacy of the disclosures they have made. In connection with responding to our comments, please provide, in writing, a statement from the company acknowledging that: • the company is responsible for the adequacy and accuracy of the disclosure in the filing; • staff comments or changes to disclosure in response to staff comments do not foreclose the Commission from taking any action with respect to the filing; and • the company may not assert staff comments as a defense in any proceeding initiated by the Commission or any person under the federal securities laws of the United States. In addition, please be advised that the Division of Enforcement has access to all information you provide to the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance in our review of your filing or in response to our comments on your filing. You may contact Melissa Walsh, Staff Accountant, at (202) 551-3224 if you have any questions regarding comments on the financial statements and related matters. If you need further assistance, you may contact me at (202) 551-3226 Sincerely, Craig D. Wilson Sr. Asst. Chief Accountant

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

2 Comments

  1. your_friend said,

    April 21, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Gravatar

    It’s about time the SEC got on Microsoft and their letter is quite a slap down on the usual monkey business. Well done, SEC, please follow up.

  2. uberVU - social comments said,

    April 25, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Identica by schestowitz: The #SEC is Going After #Microsoft (Again), Not Just #GoldmanSachs http://ur1.ca/vvaf #finance #fraud #regulation #steveballmer…

What Else is New


  1. Links 25/7/2014: GOG With GNU/Linux, Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS

    Links for the day



  2. Links 24/7/2014: Oracle Linux 7; Fedora Delays

    Links for the day



  3. Valerie Strauss Explains Why Gates Foundation's Lobbying for 'Common Core' (Privatisation) is a Swindle That Makes Microsoft Richer

    Continued criticism of the Gates Foundation's lobbying and masquerading, with more journalists brave enough to highlight the corruption



  4. USPTO Officially Sets New Guidelines to Limit Scope of Software Patents in the United States

    Even patent lawyers finally acknowledge that the incentive to file software patent applications has been reduced, as the scope of patents on software has been noticeably narrowed and they are harder to acquire, let alone enforce in a courtroom



  5. UK Government Adopts OpenDocument Format (ODF) and Microsoft Already Attacks the Government Over It, Showing Absolutely No Commitment to Open Standards

    Only "Microsoft as the standard" is the 'standard' Microsoft is willing to accept, as its response to the Cabinet Office's judgment reveals



  6. Microsoft Layoffs of 2014

    Another quick look at Microsoft's horrible state of affairs and why it has virtually nothing to do with Nokia



  7. Links 22/7/2014: Linux 3.16 RC 6, New UberStudent

    Links for the day



  8. Links 20/7/2014: Jolla in India, Mega Censored in Italy

    Links for the day



  9. Longtime Mono Booster Joins Microsoft-linked Xamarin

    Jo Shields almost joins Microsoft, settling instead for its proxy, Xamarin



  10. Linux Foundation Welcomes Patent Aggressor Red Bend Software

    The Linux Foundation's AllSeen Alliance welcomes as a member a company that uses software patents to sue Free/Open Source software



  11. Matt Levy From Patent Progress (and CCIA) Does Not Really Want Patent Progress

    Matthew ('Matt') Levy moved into a foe of patent progress last year, but he still runs a site calls Patent Progress, in which he diverts all attention to patent trolls (as large corporations such as Microsoft like to do)



  12. Attacking FOSS by Ignoring/Overlooking Issues With Proprietary Software

    The biasing strategy which continues to be used to demonise Free/Open Source software (FOSS) along with some new examples



  13. Links 19/7/2014: CRUX 3.1 is Out, CyanogenMod Competes With Google Now

    Links for the day



  14. Microsoft's Massive Layoffs Go Far Beyond Nokia; Nokia's Android Phones Axed by Microsoft's Elop

    Microsoft's rapid demise and permanent exit from Nokia's last remaining Linux platform (after Microsoft had killed two more)



  15. Patents on Software Already Being Invalidated in Courts Owing to SCOTUS Ruling on 'Abstract' Patents

    The Federal Circuit Appeals Court has just "invalidated a software patent for being overly abstract," says a patents expert



  16. OpenSUSE 'Community' is Crumbling, AttachMSFT Killed SUSE's Potential (Except as Microsoft Tax)

    Not much too see in the land of SUSE and Attachmate, or formerly the company known as Novell



  17. Links 18/7/2014: Slackware Turns 21, Spotify Switches to Ubuntu

    Links for the day



  18. Links 16/7/2014: Manjaro 0.8.10 Third Update, SIA Migrates to Red Hat

    Links for the day



  19. Microsoft's Latest Round of Massive/Bulk/Large-scale Layoffs

    Microsoft boosters are preparing 'damage control' pieces ahead of massive layoffs at Microsoft



  20. Secrecy Allows British Government to be Manipulated by Microsoft for Spyware Behind Closed Doors

    Dependence on malicious software from NSA ally Microsoft is highly dependent, at least in Britain, on government secrecy and vain refusal to comply with Freedom of Information (FOI) requests



  21. Software Patent Applications Already Being Rejected in the US Owing to SCOTUS Ruling, Some Patent Lawyers Are Fuming

    Good news on the software patents front as the USPTO starts rejecting software patent applications, based on patent lawyers' words



  22. Links 15/7/2014: New Plasma, Google Announces Project Zero

    Links for the day



  23. Interest in Free Software Coverage and 9 Months With Tux Machines

    Thoughts about the level of interest in Free/Open Source software (FOSS) and growth of at least some sites that focus on GNU/Linux



  24. White House Backs Away From Appointing Patents Zealot to Top USPTO Position

    Philip Johnson is no longer poised to become the Director of the USPTO, which is basically an establishment that provides protectionism to primarily US-based corporations



  25. Professor James Bessen Presents the Case Against Software Patents After Important SCOTUS Ruling

    The debate about software patents in the Unites States continues, with academia on one side and greedy patent lawyers on the other



  26. Software Patents Demising in the US as Microsoft Patent Attacks on Android/Linux Suffer a Huge Setback

    M-Cam's assessment of Microsoft's bundle of extortion (using software patents) shows toothlessness, irrespective of the SCOTUS decision to effectively annul "abstract" software patents



  27. Links 13/7/2014: KDE Activity Surge

    Links for the day



  28. Pro-Microsoft Spin in Microsoft-Funded News Networks

    The rogue media (misinformation) campaign of Microsoft benefits from networks which have been paid by Microsoft over the years



  29. Cronyism at Play: European Hostility Towards Free/Libre Software Despite Espionage and Moles

    Europe continues to be held hostage with back doors, lock-in, and massive payments to foreign powers, despite evidence that these powers are destructive and hostile



  30. Wirelessly-Controlled Contraceptives and Other Villainous Bill Gates Initiatives

    Remote controls for people's reproductive systems are now in the making and Bill Gates is a prominent investor in the technology


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts